The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop engineering sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance,
which cover the:
This Award complements the learning in other GCSE programmes such as GCSE Design and Technology by broadening the application of design and make tasks, working with an engineering brief, testing and evaluation.
The qualification has three components that focus on the assessment of engineering knowledge, skills and practices. These are all essential to developing a basis for progression and therefore learners need to demonstrate attainment across all components in order to achieve the qualification.
Unit 1 – Exploring Engineering Sectors and Design Applications – internal assessment – 30% of qualification
Unit 2 – Investigating an Engineering Project – internal assessment – 30% of qualification
Unit 3 – Responding to an Engineering Brief – synoptic external assessment – 40% of qualification (one resit allowed)
The choices that a learner can make post-16 will depend on their overall level of attainment and their performance in the qualification. Learners who generally achieve at Level 2 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:
Learners who generally achieve at Level 1 across their Key Stage 4 learning might consider progression to:
The UK is regarded as a world leader in engineering, which covers a wide range of exciting and rapidly developing areas such as renewable energy, space, low carbon, aerospace, automotive, agri-food and bioscience. People with engineering skills are always in demand. Between 2010 and 2020, engineering companies are projected to have 2.74 million job openings.